On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council Finance Committee will hold a virtual public hearing to discuss demilitarizing police.
Civil unrest is once again sparking a conversation about what kind of gear police use and how it is perceived.
On Tuesday, the Columbus City Council Finance Committee will hold a virtual public hearing to discuss demilitarizing police
President Pro Tempore and Finance Committee Chair Elizabeth Brown said the hearing will examine the city’s purchasing code and create parameters around what military-style equipment, gear, and uniforms police can or cannot buy or use.
“The presence of officers should never look and feel to residents like we are at war,” said Pro Tem Brown. “In addition to hearing from the division, we need broad engagement by residents across our city to help us sort through these important issues.”
The hearing will take place virtually at 4 p.m. Tuesday. You can watch live on Facebook here.
Any resident who wants to submit written testimony should email their testimony to James Carmean at email@example.com. Written testimony must be received by 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Any resident wishing to appear via WebEx to provide testimony should email James Carmean at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday to request a WebEx link. Each speaker will be limited to remarks lasting no longer than three minutes.